Native vegetation

Native vegetation is vital for the health of our environment, supporting native animals and agriculture and protecting soils and water.

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), in partnership with Local Land Services (LLS), manages the implementation of the Native Vegetation Act 2003 and Native Vegetation Regulation 2013. Information for landholders on the current requirements is available.

The NSW Government is reforming native vegetation management in NSW. We recognise the need to strike the right balance between sustainable agriculture and protecting the environment. This involves:

  1. a comprehensive review of the legislative framework for threatened species and native vegetation management in New South Wales
  2. the introduction of Native Vegetation Regulation 2013 to streamline existing clearing controls
  3. introducing codes of practice for vegetation clearing, including self-assessable codes of practice for certain low-risk clearing activities.

Native Vegetation Regulation – new ways of managing native vegetation

The Native Vegetation Regulation 2013 commenced on 23 September 2013. A number of provisions were introduced, including:

  • new or expanded exemptions to clear native vegetation without a property vegetation plan (PVP)
  • the common-sense decision to declare that yellow mimosa, a feral native species, can be cleared without approvals.

Self-assessable codes for managing native vegetation

The three self-assessable codes are a significant next step to changing the way we do business, and placing trust in landholders to manage their own land in a sustainable way.

The three codes cover low-risk clearing activities for:

  1. Clearing of paddock trees in a cultivation area
  2. Thinning of native vegetation
  3. Clearing of invasive native species

The self-assessable codes are made under the regulation and were gazetted on 20 November 2014.

Landholder guides take you through the process of planning to clear in accordance with the codes.

Fact sheets briefly explain how landholders can conform with the conditions in the codes.

Go to the self-assessable codes for details.

Biodiversity legislation review

The Minister for the Environment has appointed an independent panel to undertake a comprehensive review of the Native Vegetation Act 2003, Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, and related biodiversity legislation.

The Panel submitted its report to the Minister on 18 December 2014. The panel’s recommendations included repealing the Native Vegetation Act 2003 and creating a new Biodiversity Conservation Act. The government supports all of the independent panel’s recommendations and will implement them as an integrated package of reforms. The Native Vegetation Act 2003 will continue to apply until the new Act is in place.

Find out more about the review.

Environmental outcomes assessment methodology

The environmental outcomes assessment methodology (EOAM) is used to assess clearing proposals for property vegetation plans (PVPs). The methodology, and information on the tools and data used to apply it, are available from the EOAM page.

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Page last updated: 29 October 2015